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2016 FENAC: Stage gets set for historic cultural jamboree

fenacThe 8th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (FENAC) has kicked off this 7th November 2016 at the esplanade of the National Museum in Yaounde under the theme, “Culture and emergence of Cameroon.”

According to organisers, the festival is once again expected to be a singular opportunity to promote Cameroon’s cultural heritage through its ethnic multiplicity.

Ahead of the official opening ceremony on Tuesday 8th November 2016, to be presided by the Prime Minister,

2016 FENAC: Head of State recognises artists

attendanceThe Head of State, H.E. Paul Biya has awarded 130 medals to some Cameroonian artists who have stood out within and without the country.

This was during the ceremony to official open the 2016 National Festival of Arts and Culture (FENAC) this 8th November 2016.

Chairing the ceremony, Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang handed over the medals on behalf of President Paul Biya.

He was visibly impressed with the display of talent as he visited some dance groups at the exhibition grounds,

Training Business Development Service Providers to Boost Eco-Inclusive Innovations

Ten years ago, David founded the enterprise ‘Esam’s Best Chicken’ to reduce his country’s dependence on chicken imports and to provide a reliable source of income to smallholder farmers. Today, he and his team run a successful enterprise with a network of 210 smallholder farmers. Now they would like to widen their business model: contract new committed producers particularly from the base of the pyramid, add organic eggs to the product portfolio, and improve upon their social and environmental impact.

Scaling Innovation at the Energy-Agriculture Nexus in East Africa

sag-seed-sectoral-business-condition-brief-arigculture-energy-nexus-coverThe climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.” With this year’s theme of the World Food Day on October 16th, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chose a strong message that tackles key issues of our modern global society. Indeed, climate, energy and agriculture are all interconnected. We recently hit on this topic through the launch of our newest SAG-SEED Sectoral Business Condition Brief on the Energy-Agriculture Nexus in East Africa and discussed policy instruments during a Policy Roundtable at the SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi.

The Lost Crop: 2016 Seed Award Winner Transforming Rural Women’s Lives

When asked why she does what she does—working with women from poor rural backgrounds to grow and sell a little-known West African cereal crop—Salma Abdulai begins to tear up and pauses to dab at her eyes.

seed 2016-women“The women come up to me and say they can now afford to pay their children’s school fees,” the petite lady says, hiding her tissue in the sleeve of her bright yellow patterned traditional Ghanaian dress. “There are many more stories,